Struggling with the juggle? Working parents report difficulties managing their health

[O]ne in three mothers (34 per cent) reported missing out on opportunities for promotion due to taking paid parental leave, compared with 11 per cent of fathers.

And around a third of women again (35 per cent) reported missing out on promotion opportunities due to their use of flexible work, compared with 14 per cent of men.

Other key findings from the preliminary results include:
• Nearly half of all respondents (46 per cent) said that a worker’s commitment to their job was questioned if they used family-friendly work arrangements.
• Most parents (85 per cent) reported that paid parental leave was offered at their workplaces and around half of all mothers and fathers had accessed all or part of the parental leave benefit.
• But more than half of fathers (57 per cent) and one-third of mothers reported the leave was ‘too short’.
• Twenty-three per cent of mothers and 13 per cent of fathers reported receiving negative comments from managers and supervisors for using paid parental leave.

Source: Struggling with the juggle? Working parents report difficulties managing their health

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